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Playwriting III [DRAM 350]

DRAM 350/6.0 Playwriting III

Calendar course description: An intermediate course in playwriting and dramaturgy that includes exercises in dramatic techniques and the composition of a full-length play.

Intended student outcomes: Following on DRAM251, students will develop their knowledge and skills in how to construct a plot, create characters and write dialogue by writing, workshopping and revising a full-length script. Through reading extracts and writing exercises, we will also address such topics as exposition, story vs. structure, theatricality, genre, subtext, and the playwriting business.

The course: This is a workshop course in playwriting. In the first term, we will explore various topics, techniques and trends in playwriting, and write the first draft of a full-length script; the second term will be largely devoted to workshopping and revising this script. Because it is a workshop, participation in the form of responding to other students’ scripts and giving feedback is essential and will count for a significant part of your final mark. Participation may also take the form of raising general questions and issues.

The assignments and exercises are meant to teach, challenge and inspire you and in many cases they will be strictly defined–the idea, in part, is to complete them in the most imaginative or interesting way possible. For your final play, you will have more freedom to write about something that intrigues, compels or obsesses you.

Note re Remote Delivery: In 2020-21, this course will be taught remotely. This will involve a weekly synchronous Zoom session; script reading, and recording in groups of 2 or 3; a class discussion forum; office hours with the instructor.